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  • RSU is advertising for shoulder fellowship to start in August-September 2019 and begining of 2020
    a post-CCT shoulder fellowship for Two years. please send CV to Prof. Levy's PA Charlotte Bourne and arrange a visit to meet Prof Levy and Mr Sforza. [Read more]
  • For Patients, GPs & Physiotherapies - New!!! NHS Choose & Book
    The Unit at Berkshire Independent Hospital is open for NHS patients through Choose & Book (Extended Choice Network).
    Book online
    or contact the secretaries. [Read more]
  • Excellent clinical results over more than 13 years with the Verso rTSA.
    Very high patient satisfaction and return to full activities including sports. [Read more]
  • The least complications with the Verso shoulder compared with other reverse shoulder systems
    From the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, UK
    S. Robati, M.K. Shahid, J. Allport, A. Ray and G. Sforza
    Bone & Joint Journal 2013, Vol. 95-B Supp. 25-27

    Complication Rates From Three Commonly Used Reverse Polarity Total Shoulder Replacements: A Minimum Two Year Follow-Up Of 64 Cases
     
  • Excellent results with the Verso TSA were published in Italy! 
    A group of oorthopaedic surgeons from northern Italy from Piacenza and Verona published their first few years experience with the stemless reverse TSA - The VERSO. 
    They present Excellent clinical and radiologic results that mirror the results of the designing centre!
    (Read more) [Read more]
  • Applications for the Reading shoulder fellowship
    starting in late 2019 and for 2020
    is now open.
    Please apply by visiting the Unit and sending your CV to Jan Barker
    Visits to the Reading shoulder unit are welcome - Please liaise with Prof. Levy's PA Charlotte Bourne
    [Read more]
  • IDO Isometer Shoulder Muscle Strength Gauge.

    Available to buy online in idorth.com - Innovative Design Orthopaedics - [Read more]
  • Groundbreaking research from the Reading Shoulder Unit by Prof. Ofer Levy and his team regarding Propionibacterium Acnes and shoulder arthritis. 
    Propionibacterium acnes: an underestimated etiology in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis?

    This is a very important article in that it suggests the presence of propionibacterium in previously unoperated shoulders with arthritis and furthermore that 'aseptic' failures of shoulder arthroplasty may, in fact, be related to indolent infections with this slow growing organism.
    Read comments by Dr Frederick A. Matsen III, M.D.
    [Read more]
  • Listen to the BBC Radio4 programme - a day in the operating theatre at the Reading Shoulder Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital - Case Notes with Dr Mark Porter on Regional anaesthesia for shoulder surgery [Read more]
  • Art at the Reading Shoulder and Elbow Centre
    Original fine art prints all dealing with human body in different situations by four artists are exhibited in the Reading Shoulder and Elbow centre 

    The prints on display are available to buy, with the artist contributing a donation to research. For more information please contact the secretaries in the unit.

    [Read more]
  • The Verso stemless rTSA is approved in Australia & New Zealand by the TGA.
    and it was launched and in increase use in Australia. 

Reverse shoulder arthroplasty with a short metaphyseal humeral stem

Purpose:
Reverse shoulder prostheses have been gaining pop- ularity in recent years. A short metaphyseal stem design will allow bone stock preservation and minimize stem related complications. We examined the clinical and radiographic short-term outcome of a short metaphyseal stem reverse shoulder arthroplasty.

Methods:
Thirty-one patients, with a mean follow-up of 36 months (24–52), were evaluated clinically with the Constant-Murley score, patient satisfaction and pain relief scores. The fixation of the glenoid and humeral components, subsidence and notching were evaluated on radiographs. The indications were cuff tear arthropathy (22), fracture sequelae (five) and rheumatoid arthritis (four).

Results: 
The average Constant score improved from 12.7 (range two to 31) pre-operatively to 56.2 (range 17–86) post- operatively. It rose from 13.5 to 58.3 in patients with Cuff arthropathy, from 15.8 to 62.0 in revision arthroplasty, from 10.2 to 47.4 in those with fracture sequelae, and from 11.5 to 55.3 in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The overall mean patient satisfaction score improved from 2.4/10 to 8.5/10 and mean pain score improved from 0.8/15 to 12.5/15. We found an overall improvement in active forward flexion from 46.8 to 128.5° and from 41.6 to 116.5° in abduction. No humeral loosening or subsidence was observed. Two cases of grade 1– 2 glenoid notching were reported. Overall there were three intra-operative fractures that did not affect the operation and healed without affecting the good results. There were five late traumatic periprosthetic fractures, only one of them required a revision surgery to a stemmed implant and the rest healed without surgery. There were two early dislocations that had to be revised.

Conclusions: 
The clinical and radiographic evaluation of a bone preserving metaphyseal humeral component in reverse shoulder arthroplasty is promising, with good clinical results, no signs of loosening or subsidence. 


(International Orthopaedics (SICOT) DOI 10.1007/s00264-014-2328-8 Published online: 6 April 2014)